UMWA wins organizing drive in Illinois

May 20, 2011 by Ken Ward Jr.

This just in:

Workers at the Willow Lake mine in Equality, Ill., voted to be represented by the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) as their collective bargaining agent.

“We are very pleased to welcome these miners into the UMWA family,” UMWA International President Cecil E. Roberts said today. “These courageous miners sought us out in their struggle to gain a strong voice at work. We look forward to sitting down with the company to negotiate a fair and equitable collective bargaining agreement as soon as possible.”

The southern Illinois site where the bargaining unit of 444 workers mine is operated by Peabody Energy, and has more than 20 million tons of recoverable coal reserves.

The UMWA represents 105,000 active and retired coal miners, manufacturing workers, public service employees, health care workers and professional employees in Canada and the United States. Headquartered in Triangle, Va., the UMWA represents more coal miners than any other union in the world.

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